Marriage Cheater Site Ashley Madison Hacked, Threatened to Shut Down or Have All Members’ Names Released

by Warner Todd Huston | July 20, 2015 2:59 pm

The cheater website Ashley Madison promises members that they can cheat on their husbands or wives in total anonymity. But now hackers have obtained the sex site’s data base and is threatening to release the name of every member unless the cheater site is shut down.

This would utterly devastate the whole point for this site if the hackers follow through on this threat[1]. Members expect that they can arrange sexual encounters outside their marriage without their spouses finding out. But it this site’s entire membership is made public it would destroy the whole business, for sure.

The parent company of Ashley Madison, a matchmaking website for cheating spouses, says it was hacked and that the personal information of some of its users was posted online.

In addition, the person or persons behind the attack are threatening to release all of the site’s personal information — including its members’ sexual fantasies and financial information — if the company doesn’t take Ashley Madison offline, according to a prominent security blog.

Toronto-based Avid Life Media Inc. says it has had the hackers’ posts — which included snippets of personal information — taken down and has hired a technology security firm. The company and law enforcement agencies are investigating.

The breach was first reported late Sunday by Brian Krebs of KrebsonSecurity, a website that focuses on cybersecurity. Ashley Madison, whose slogan is “Life is short. Have an affair,” purports to have 37 million members.

The hacking follows the May breach of the dating website Adult FriendFinder, which involved the theft of names, email addresses and information about the sexual orientation or habits of up to 4 million of that site’s members.

Hooo boy. This is going to end a LOT of marriages.

  1. the hackers follow through on this threat:

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